Neanderthals out-competed by dogs
By T.K. Randall
May 18, 2012 · 18 comments
Image Credit: CC 2.0 Arran Edmonstone
Early man used dogs to help them compete with the Neanderthals as far back as 32,000 years ago.
Is it believed that the domestication of dogs and the support they provided could have been a key factor in the rise of modern humans and the fall of the Neanderthals in Europe. The dogs of the time would have been about the size of a German Shepherd and would have saved their masters valuable energy by carrying meat and other supplies for them.
The domestication of animals has always been considered an important contributing factor to the success of our species, but these new finds emphasize just how critical they were in giving us the edge over our competitors.
Man's relationship with his best friend has lasted 32,000 years, with cave-dwelling hunter-gatherers using dogs to carry supplies so that they could save their energy for hunting.
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